Cedar Planked Salmon with Maple-Herb Creme Fraiche

Kyle is finally home from training in Houston, and started with the new airline today – he was very excited to both be home and to start this new job. And I’m so proud of him! I think he’s also happy that he won’t be going anywhere again for a while. It seems like the past few months he has barely been home. Which means he was upset about missing out on tasty meals  – such as the one that included the salmon I’m sharing today. I ate this with Kyle’s mom and sister while he was gone – with this risotto. It was perfect for summer.

A funny thing happened though a few days after I made this. I was telling some friends about making a dish using Creme Fraiche; and they both got excited and said “you did not just say ‘creme fraiche’?!” “she didn’t just say ‘creme fraiche’?!?”  I didn’t know what all the excitement was about. Then I was informed that “creme fraiche” was spoken numerous times in an infamous South Park episode – which they then made me watch. It was hilarious. But so wrong (in good ‘ol South Park fashion) that I won’t link up to it on this site. You have to google it yourself – or maybe you’ve seen it. I enjoyed it so much, that I made Kyle watch it this weekend once he was back. He also found it very amusing; and he said there was one scene that reminded him of me: the scene where Randy makes a tasty “Food Network Inspired Meal” using nearly every dish in the house and leaves the mess for his family to clean. Apparently I am notorious for making a mess while I cook? Okay…I realized that. But I think my family is grateful for it when they get to enjoy tasty dishes such as this one shared here.

PS – I am in no way responsible for any offense taken by the South Park episode. You should watch it though, because it’s funny…terrible, but funny.

Cedar Planked Salmon with Maple-Herb Creme Fraiche

4 6oz salmon filets
olive oil
salt and pepper
1/2 cup creme fraiche
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp fresh mint, chopped
2 tsp fresh chives, chopped

Special Kitchen Equipment:
1 Cedar Plank

Soak the cedar plank for 1 hour or overnight. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.

Drizzle the salmon filets with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place the prepared salmon on the cedar plank; then place the plank on the grill. Cook for 10-15 minutes, until salmon is cooked to your liking. Remove from grill & discard plank.

Meanwhile, combine the remaining ingredients (creme fraiche through chives) in a small bowl. The consistency of the sauce will be quite thin, which is what you want. Serve the sauce with the salmon.

Serves 4.

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